Holy shiitake! Black bean & avocado quesadillas with grilled shiitake recipe

When a certain food has been used as medicine in Japan and China for centuries, you know it must be good! Shiitake mushrooms are packed with vitamins B and D, known to improve immune function, help lower cholesterol, and fight growth of cancer cells. Want to boost your immune system? Try this quesadilla recipe to keep your body healthy and happy this spring!





For the black beans:

  • 1 can black beans, with liquid

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

  • 4 organic sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped

  • 1 tsp cumin powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/8 tsp dried chili flakes

  • sea salt to taste

For the guacamole:

  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes

  • a squeeze of lime

  • a few sprigs of coriander from the garden, finely chopped

  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

For the grilled shiitake:

  • 3 handfuls (150 grams) shiitake mushrooms from the garden, sliced

  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

To serve:

  • 8 wheat tortillas

  • a few sprigs of coriander from the garden



Black beans: Throw in all of the ingredients for the beans in a small pan over medium heat. Let it simmer. When the sauce reduces slightly and reaches a creamy consistency, you’ll know it’s ready!

Guacamole: Roughly mash all of the ingredients for the guac in a bowl. Whatever consistency you prefer!

Grilled shiitake: Heat a non-stick grilling pan on the stove. Salt the shiitake mushrooms to taste, and when the pan is super hot (but not smoking) throw in the shrooms! Tumble them in high heat until they smell and look toasty (only a few minutes). When they’re ready, set them aside and season with freshly cracked black pepper.

To assemble & toast: Spread your guac on a tortilla, layer on ¼ of the shiitake mushrooms and pour over a few spoonfuls of the spicy black beans. Place another tortilla on top & toast in a wide pan on medium-high heat for a minute or two until golden brown. Flip the tortillas over carefully! Repeat for all four!

*Recipe from CocoonCooks.com


Join us Saturday, March 24th from 12-4pm for our Grow Your Own Mushrooms workshop at GSCO. Learn how to grow your own mushrooms until you just can't shitake it anymore!

Get to know more about mushrooms and begin the process of raising your own with help from our resident expert.

All materials will be supplied, and all participants will take home three inoculated logs!

The registration fee for this class is $50.

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